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SRP Review: Girls To The Resuce Book #1 edited by Bruce Lansky

Disclaimer: The reviews I post on The Self Rescue Princess won’t be the usual style of book review that talks about all the points and elements of a novel. My intention is to focus on heroines that I believe exemplify the spirit and character of a self-rescuing princess or are on their way to achieving that status.

Now on to the review:

Girls To the Rescue -Tales of clever, courageous, girls from around the world was recommended to me by a blog reader. The book was originally published in 1995 and is now also out in a Kindle edition.

The introduction pulled me in immediately. “…you understand that there’s more to life than waiting around for a handsome prince …” This collection of ten short stories that feature brave young women who take on injustices, some within their communities and some within their own families, by relying on their inner strength and intelligence. Four of the stories are original and the remaining six are adaptations from fairy tales around the world.

If I had to pick a favorite … and this wasn’t an easy task for me to complete … it would be Grandma Rosa’s Bowl adapted by Bruce Lansky from a Grimm Brother’s Story. The way the grandmother was treated by her daughter-in-law broke my heart and I wondered how this story would end. The granddaughter in a kind and loving way showed her mother the errors of her ways without resorting to rudeness. In the end, the manner in the way the lesson was taught brought the family closer together. I also loved the fact that the daughter-in-law took responsibility for her behavior and worked hard to change herself for the better.

Then there was the Princess Meghan in For the Love of Sunny. This strong and resourceful heroine uses her brain to outwit those that are trying to stop her marrying the man she loves. The Fairy Godmother’s Assistant shows how with a few simple changes and a different outlook on a problem, a damsel-in-distresses can be encouraged to rely on themselves and work to change their circumstances instead of waiting for the white knight to save the day.

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